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Query:   Graduate Course in Lexical Semantics: Readings Request
Author:  Heidi Harley
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Semantics

Summary:   Dear linguist,

As always, I'm amazed by the generosity of linguists in general and
those named below in particular; in response to my global
appeal (Linguist 10.1459.3), I received a great deal of useful
information from many very busy people. In particular, thanks to Tova
Ropoport, David Stringer and Andrew McIntyre for long, thoughtful
responses and in the former two cases, entire reading lists for
courses they've run. Chilin Shih points me to Bhuvana Narasimhan's
dissertation as a good source for lexical-semantic discussion of a
language other than English (in this case, Hindi). Otherwise there's
not much obviously non-English stuff on the list. Below I give the
references to the dissertations, books and articles that were
suggested to me, alphabetized. There are a couple of readings I'm
considering including that were not among those suggested; in a week
or two I should have my preliminary syllabus together and I'll be
happy to email that to anyone who's interested, just send me a
note. (Those who've already asked me don't need to do so again, at
least, if I've got my act together the way I think I have you don't).

Thanks to:

Bill Morris <>
Pamela Faber <>
Hans Boas <>
John McNaught <>
J.W. Holmes <>
Annabel Cormack <>
David Stringer <>
Rebecca S. Wheeler <>
Chilin Shih <>
Andrew McIntyre <>
Tova Rapoport" <>
Pedro Urena Rib <>

Please send me any further comments or suggestions, and thanks very much
for the time and energy of those who replied.

Heidi Harley


Cormack, Annabel 'Definitions: implications for syntax, semantics, and the
Language of Thought' Garland 1998

Narasimhan, Bhuvaneswari, 1998, The Encoding of Complex Events in Hindi
and English, dissertation from Boston University.

Pedro Urena Rib, Une dmarche scientifique pour llaboration dune pdagogie
de lenseignement des langues adapte la Carabe.


Butt, M. and Geuder, W. (eds.), 1998. The Projection of Arguments:
Lexical and Compositional Factors. Stanford, CA: CSLI.

Faber, Pamela and Ricardo Mairal Uson 1999. Constructing a Lexicon of
English Verbs. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Fodor, J.A., 1998. Concepts: Where Cognitive Science Went Wrong. Oxford:
Clarendon Press.

Frawley, W. 1992 'Linguistic Semantics' (Lawrence Earlbaum)

Goddard, Cliff (1998): Semantic Analysis. OUP.

Goldberg, Adele E. 1995. A Construction Grammar Approach to Argument
Structure. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Hudson, Dick (1995): Word Meaning. London: Routledge

Jackendoff, R., 1983. Semantics and Cognition. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Jackendoff, R., 1990. Semantic Structures. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kageyama, T. (ed.), 1997. Verb Semantics and Syntactic Structure. Tokyo:
Kurosio Publishers.

Lappin, S.(ed.), 1996. The Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory.
Oxford: Blackwell.

Levin, B. and Pinker, S. (eds.), 1991. Lexical and Conceptual Semantics.
Oxford: Blackwell.

Pinker, S., 1989. Learnability and Cognition: The Acquisition of
Argument Structure. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Saeed, John I. (1997) Semantics. Oxford: Blackwell.

Online Bibliography:

Go to:, then scroll down to
the table giving reports of the EAGLES comp lex working group and download (hh's note: I had some trouble with this file, but the
webmaster's been notified and it should be fixed soon).


Dowty, David R. 1979. Word Meaning and Montague Grammar. Reidel,
Dordrecht. Chapter 2: The Semantics of Aspectual Classes of Verbs in
English. 37-132.

Emonds, J.E., 1991. Subcategorization and syntax-based theta-role
assignment. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 9: 369-429.

Erteschik-Shir, Nomi and T.R. Rapoport. 1997. "A Theory of Verbal
Projection". In G. Matos et al. (eds.), Interfaces in Linguistic Theory.
APL/Edicoes Colibri, Lisboa.129-148.

Goldberg, Adele E. 1995. Constructions. University of Chicago Press,
Chicago. Chapter 7: The English Caused-Motion Construction. 152-179.

Grimshaw, Jane. 1993. "Semantic Structure and Semantic Content in Lexical
Representation". Unpublished ms. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Hale, Ken and J. Keyser. 1997. "On the Complex Nature of Simple
Predicators". In A. Alsina, J. Bresnan, and P. Sells (eds.), Complex
Predicates. CSLI Publications, Stanford, CA. 29-65.

Harley, H. (ed). (1998) "Papers from the UPenn/MIT Roundtable on Argument
Structure and Aspect", MITWPL 32.

Hoekstra, Teun. 1992. "Aspect and Theta Theory". In I.M. Roca (ed.),
Thematic Structure: Its Role in Grammar. de Gruyter, Berlin. 145-174.

Jackendoff, R. 1991 'Parts and Boundaries' Cognition 41 (same as
Levin&Pinker edited volume, cited above)

Jackendoff, R. 1996. "The proper treatment of measuring out, telicity and
perhaps even quantification in English," NLLT vol. 14 no. 2 pp 305-54

Jackendoff, R., 1993. On the role of conceptual structure in argument
selection: A reply to Emonds. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 11:

Levin, B. and T. Rapoport. 1986. Lexical Subordination. In CLS 24,

Levin, Beth and Malka Rappaport Hovav. 1992. "The Lexical Semantics of
Verbs of Motion: The Perspective from Unaccusativity". In I.M. Roca
(ed.), Thematic Structure: Its Role in Grammar. de Gruyter, Berlin.

Levin, Beth. 1993. "Introduction: The Theoretical Perspective". In B.
Levin, English Verb Classes and Alternations: A Preliminary Investigation.
University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 1-19.

Mittwoch, Anita. 1991. "In Defence of Vendler's Achievements". Belgian
Journal of Linguistics:6.71-85.

Pustejovsky, James. 1991. "The Syntax of Event Structure". Cognition 41.

Rappaport Hovav, Malka and Beth Levin. 1998. "Building Verb Meanings". In
M. Butt and W. Geuder, eds., The Projection of Arguments: Lexical and
Compositional Factors. CSLI Publications, Stanford, Calif. 97-134.

Rappaport, Malka, Mary Laughren, and Beth Levin. 1987. "Levels of Lexical
Representation". Lexicon Project Working Papers 20. Center for Cognitive
Science. M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass.

Ritter, Elizabeth and Sara T. Rosen. 1996. "Strong and Weak Predicates:
Reducing the Lexical Burden." Linguistic Analysis 26. 29-62.

Ritter, Elizabeth and Sara T. Rosen. 1998. "Delimiting Events in Syntax",
in M. Butt and W. Geuder, eds., The Projection of Arguments: Lexical and
Compositional Factors. CSLI Publications, Stanford, Calif. 135-164.

Talmy, L., 1985. Lexicalization patterns: semantic structure in lexical
forms. In T. Shopen (ed.), Language Typology and Syntactic Description,
Vol.3: Grammatical Categories and the Lexicon, 57-149. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.

Tenny, Carol L. 1992. "The Aspectual Interface Hypothesis". In I.A. Sag
and A. Szabolcsi, eds., Lexical Matters. CSLI Publications, Stanford
University, Stanford, Calif. 1-27.

Tortora, Christina M. 1998. "Verbs of Inherently Directed Motion are
Compatible with Resultative Phrases". Linguistic Inquiry 29:2. 338-345.

van Voorst, Jan. 1994. "The Role of Verb Meaning in the Calculation of
Aspectual Interpretations." Euralex.

Vendler, Zeno. 1967. "Verbs and Times". Chapter 4 of Linguistics in
Philosophy. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York. 97-121.

Wheeler, Rebecca S. (1995a). Understand in Conceptual Semantics.
Berkeley Linguistics Society 21.

Wheeler, Rebecca S. (1995b). Beyond 'try to find': The syntax and
semantics of search and analyze. Chicago Linguistic Society 31.

Wheeler, Rebecca S. (1996). Will the real search verbs please stand up?
Chicago Linguistic Society 32.

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Heidi Harley (520) 626-3554
Department of Linguistics
Douglass 200E Fax: (520) 626-9014
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

LL Issue: 10.1601
Date Posted: 24-Oct-1999
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